Two abducted children were rescued Tuesday by officers who forced their way into a south valley apartment garage and found them hooded, bound and restrained in car seats, Las Vegas police said.
“They were terrified,” Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber said of the children Wednesday. “If you could only imagine, this was horrific.”
Jonathan Weaver, a 20-year-old Las Vegas man, was arrested Tuesday on charges of child abuse and neglect, kidnapping and attempted murder in connection with the case involving two brothers, ages 1 and 2. He is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.
Steiber said Weaver, the boyfriend of the children’s mother, was arrested without incident. He does not have a criminal history with Las Vegas police. He is not the father of the boys.
The mother, 20, does not live with Weaver. She was at night school and was unaware of what was going on, Steiber said.
Police were called to the Augusta Apartments on Spencer Street south of Pyle Avenue by a neighbor who heard cries from the garage. The boys were found about 8:20 p.m. Police believe they were in the garage unit for more than two hours.
The boys were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital before being released to Child Protective Services, Steiber said.
He praised the neighbor who alerted police after hearing the children’s cries.
“This citizen acted as a hero,” he said. “It could have been a lot worse.”
Steiber said in his 21 years of police work, he has never seen a case like this. “This is something you don’t see everyday and not something you want to see everyday.”
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